The smartest people in your organization have compelling stories to share. Plus, they are a treasure trove of knowledge.
Do you know who these individuals are?
Often, these employees do not have fancy titles or pay grades. Also, they have not earned advanced academic degrees. Then, these individuals cross all workforce generations.
Do you include, or exclude, the smartest people in your organization from sitting around the decision-making table? Depending on how you answered my question, you may short sell your capabilities, as well as those of your employees and stakeholders.
The smartest people in your organization combine courage, common sense and critical thinking skills.
I refer to these “smartest” employees as your internal employee stakeholder Yodas®. And, they may not even have traditional job titles, either.
However, when the going gets tough, and problem-solving is not as creative as it should be, someone suggests: “You know, we probably should ask so-and-so.” And this formerly nameless, faceless so-and-so Yoda, sitting somewhere deep in the organization, becomes the only person with the knowledge and perspective to solve the problem.
Because of their experience, wisdom, simple way of communicating and showing, instead of telling. These individuals are all-about-you teachers, not all-about-themselves lecturers. They are leaders who need to neither command nor control.
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Then, find the smartest people in your organization.
Throughout my career, and as I work with clients, the first people I identify are the smartest people in the organization. All of them. Because, moving forward, they become my go-to resources. Even if these folks do not have the answers, they direct me, and my teams, to other folks with small truths which lead up to great solutions.
When we better serve each other, we better serve our customers. Together.
Are you overlooking, or including, the smartest people in your organization? Learn how to get everyone to where they need to go: together. Take the next steps.
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Babette Ten Haken’s One Millimeter Mindset™ Storytelling for STEM Professionals and Left Brain Thinkers speaking programs and workshops are created for organizations and associations, like yours, who want to catalyze employee stakeholder success and customer retention. There is no better way than storytelling to bridge communication disconnects between professional disciplines, pay grades, generations and levels of education. Babette gets everyone to where they need to go. Together!
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